Dauntless or Valiant 600 2-speed for Chunking?

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  1. Russ in Rockport

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    Folks,

    I realize that both reels mentioned in the title of this thread were designed primarily for casting, but I am thinking of pairing either one with a little Braid Power Play X-Heavy, 5' 4" all-roller rod (rated for 80-100# Line)

    Use: for use in chunking for YFT IN THE Gulf of Mexico.

    Fish would run from 40# to 150#.

    Would plan to fish 80# Braid on it.

    What would you think of either reel for this use? I realize the Dauntless is heavier built, with twin-synced dogs as well as an ARB. But I am intrigued by the fact that Valiant would be approximately 10 oz. lighter.

    Would the Valiant be too lightly constructed for. 150 pound tuna--or would the Dauntless be overkill?

    Which would you choose--and why? Or is neither appropriate? (I already have an Accurate ATD 50W and an ATD--but what a dream either reel would be for lightness and lower back pai-especially the little Valiant.

    Your thoughts and advice are appreciated.

    Russ
     
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    Those are both good reels but not ones I'd pick for your usage. I'd want different gear ratios -- you'd essentially never use the high gear when plunking and might want lower gears if you got onto a 150# fish. Maybe an ATD 12 or an Avet HX Raptor?
     
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    Dauntless, I have three. Awesome reels. Going on three year and virtually maintenance free. Mist the entire reel with a (little) of Accurates GS1000 rinse and put it in the safe.
     
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    Thanks, Gentlemen. Meant to say that I have the ATD 12. Just contemplating something lighter to go on the little rod that saves my aging lower back!
     
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    I am old everything goes on the rail.
     
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    Have you looked at the Boss 30 or 30N? I use a Dawg 600N in the GOM with good results.
     
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    ditto on the Dauntless 600
     
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    Valiant 600 for me

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    Thanks again for your input, Gentlemen--I would definitely choose the Dauntless over the Boss, since the weight difference would not be that much. I do have the older 665H Wide as well--the forerunner to the current Boss Extremes--the earlier line that I have having experienced some problems. I sent two back before getting the current one that is largely unfished--Inthinknitnwikl be OK if limited to 18-20 pounds drag at full.

    To answer another question, I don't think I need the 30 size since the 12 will handle the job if I want a heavier reel.

    At any rate, I have the BV2-600 Narrow on order--should be here by end of August--loaded with 300 yards of 80# color coded line. This is going to be strictly my jigging reel.

    I will hold off for now on the reels I asked you good folks about--rely on the ATD 12 for use the money I don't spend to actually go fishing...duhhh! Later, I will choose whether to go with the regular size Valiant after seeing how it's narrow brother handles a few blackfin--and hopefully an AJ or two. And if I feel that it is too light for the job (I tend to doubt I will), then Dauntless it will be!

    Thanks for your advice--and my very best regards:

    Russ
     
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    Nice drags on the dauntless. I wouldn't mind having a dauntless 600n
     
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    I think either reel would be a great reel for your stated purpose. Although I am not totally with the method you refer to "chunking" having never used it, I am basing my thoughts on the reel design for your line and rod choices.The Valiant is as strong as the Dauntless based on the convex technology. I do know that multiple 150 to 200 pound have been successfully handled with the BV2-600.

    I hope this helps answer your question.

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